110713 Johns Creek; Seven-year-old Emily Fink 7, works on a mixed media piece inspired by the Indian Painting Madhubani during the Visual Arts Camp at the Johns Creek Arts Center Wednesday afternoon in Johns Creek, Ga., July 13, 2011. The Johns Creek Arts Center received $36,700 grant from the county last year, and Executive Director Gail Hisle said losing that money would be a painful blow. Jason Getz jgetz@ajc.com
Photo: Jason Getz/jgetz@ajc.com
Photo: Jason Getz/jgetz@ajc.com

Johns Creek launches art campaign to lift children’s spirits 

Johns Creek has launched an art campaign to help children stay positive and encouraged while families shelter in place. The shelter-in-place order by Gov. Brian Kemp is an effort to help end the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Johns Creek Share Joy campaign invites elementary, middle and high school students to create and submit artwork that reflects what makes them happy. 

“This is a program that we came up with together with the Johns Creek Arts Center board,” said Edie Damman, Johns Creek External Communications Manager. “Children are missing their classmates, social activities, and sports programs, and we want to provide them an opportunity to express a positive message that can be projected into the Johns Creek community.

Georgia schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year. Johns Creek students have been out of school since mid-March, just before the city announced a state of emergency to help stop the coronavirus outbreak. On Thursday, Gov. Brian Kemp declared a public health emergency for all of Georgia. 

Damann said city officials and the arts center board decided the Share Joy campaign would be a way to “brighten students’ day.”

Participants are asked to submit paintings, drawings and digital illustrations by April 17. Several works will be displayed on Johns Creek social media, as well as the city website. The Johns Creek Arts Center board will select one piece of artwork from an elementary, middle and high school student and display them at City Hall. 

For submissions, participants should take a horizontal photo of their work, upload it onto the Johns Creek website and fill out the corresponding information form on the site. One submission per student is allowed. Visit JohnsCreekGA.gov/ShareJoy. 

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